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What's IDCF?

A Film Festival Exclusively Featuring D-Cinema (Digital Cinema), the Standard Format for Motion Pictures of the 21st Century

As digital tools become more accessible, the range of expression for audio-visual creators is expanding, transcending age, experience and nationality, and new business opportunities are now on the horizon. SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL is an international competitive film festival exclusively featuring films shot and edited on digital.
The festival was launched in 2004 in order to discover new talent and develop a new type of audio-visual industry and has screened many innovative films from all over the world with high entertainment value that push the envelope of the digital medium.

The competition, the main category of the festival, consists of an International Competition, where we accept entries from all over the world, and Feature Length and Short Length sections in the Japanese Film Competition, both of which we accept entries produced domestically to support Japanese filmmakers. Since 2009, we have included the SKIP CITY AWARD for Japanese films, allowing the winners to receive support at SKIP CITY, as a way for us to give more opportunities to Japanese filmmakers. We invite domestic and international industry professionals to be jury members for both International Competition and Japanese Film Competitions. The jury announce the winners and give out awards on the last day of the festival.

All the nominated films are screened with 4K digital cinema projectors in state-of-the-art theaters during the festival. The jury members and industry professionals from all over the world participate in various events scheduled during the festival and network with the festival participants.

After screening their films at our festival, many of the festival graduates have gone on to build careers in and out of Japan. Looking at international cinema, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won Grand Prize with Climates in the 2007 edition of our festival, scored three consecutive wins at Cannes Film Festival for Best Director with Three Monkeys (2008), Grand Prix with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), and Palme d'Or with Winter Sleep (2014). In addition, after premiering at our festival, Simple Simon, the winner of Special Jury Prize in the 2011 edition, Matterhorn, the winner of Grand Prize in the 2014 edition, The Way He Looks, the winner of Best Screenplay in the 2014 edition, China’s Van Goghs, the winner of Best Director in the 2017 edition, The Last Suit, the Audience Award winner, and Under the Tree, the Best Director winner, in the 2018 edition were released theatrically in Japan and became box office hits.

Regarding Japanese cinema, Kazuya Shiraishi, who won the SKIP CITY AWARD in the 2009 edition with Lost Paradise in Tokyo, has directed critically acclaimed films including The Blood of Wolves (2018) and his latest One Night (2019). Ryota Nakano, who won the Best Director and SKIP CITY AWARD in the 2012 edition with Capturing Dad, directed Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016), which picked up the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress prizes at the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize, A Long Goodbye (2019), and the highly-anticipated The Asadas with Kazunari Ninomiya as the protagonist. Shiraishi and Nakano have emerged as two of the best directors in contemporary Japanese cinema. Additionally, Yuichiro Sakashita, who won the Special Jury Prize with Kanagawa University of Fine Arts, Office of Film Research in the 2013 edition, made his commercial debut with Any Way the Wind Blows (2017). Shinichiro Ueda directed One Cut of the Dead, partially shot in SKIP CITY. He was nominated for the festival twice in 2012 and 2016 with his shorts Dreaming Novelist and Take 8 respectively. Shinzo Katayama shook the Japanese independent film industry with Siblings of the Cape, the Japanese Feature Competition winner in the 2018 edition. Many talented festival graduates have been able to seize opportunities after screening their films at our festival.

We continue to discover and nurture new and yet unknown talent with challenging spirit and expect them to spread their wings around the world.


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